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Blogosphere: Infrastructure Banking, Transit Safety Regulation, Dubious HSR Studies, Batman Urbanism

Blogosphere - In this section you'll find commentary, opinion and editorials from blogs and newspapers around the country. The opinions expressed in these blogs do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Reconnecting America.

Blogosphere: What Would an Infra Bank Really Do?

The New Republic

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released an important analysis on the potential efficacy, need, and impact of a national infrastructure bank (NIB.) While the idea remains stuck in political and policy limbo, the report is still highly relevant...

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Commentary: KC's Leaders Know LRT Action Overdue

Kansas City Star

"We'll build it, and the heck with those of you who don't want to come." Expect a more politely verbalized version of that sentiment to continue coming from City Hall when the topic is Kansas City's inability to get light rail up and running...

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Blogosphere: Don't Need Albany's Permission to Price


When Mayor Bloomberg failed in 2008 to persuade the state legislature to give New York City the power to toll roads and bridges into the Manhattan Central Business District, the fight for a congestion charge appeared lost...

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Blogosphere: Feds to Regulate Urban Transit Systems

Huffington Post

The Transportation Department will have the power to withhold grant money to urban transit systems that don't make safety improvements under a law signed this month by President Barack Obama...

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Blogosphere: MetroLink Best Kept Development Secret

Citizens for Modern Transit

TheEast-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG), the local metropolitan planning organization, and its partners have launched a regional study that examines the potential economic development opportunities around MetroLink light rail stations..

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Blogosphere: 100 Top Infrastructure Projects

NRDC Switchboard

If you like your civic works massive and very, very expensive, this report may be for you. KPMG, a global network of financial firms collectively producing $22 billion in revenues last year, just published Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition,..

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Blogosphere: 6 1/2 Ave New York's Newest Street


For years, 1,200 people an hour have been seeing this six-block stretch of street in secret. But finally, New York City is bringing these back-alley relationships into the light, and giving them the official municipal seal of approval...

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Opinion: Mayor V's Tarnished Image

Los Angeles Times

The recent passage of the federal transportation bill - and its inclusion of the program known as America Fast Forward - is a perfect microcosm of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's tenure. ..

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Blogosphere: Dubious HSR Studies

Systemic Failure

In modern, complex economies, calculating the cost/benefit of a high-speed rail project is virtually impossible. That is because there are too many confounding variables. Pro or Con, one should be dubious of any economic study on HSR...

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Blogosphere: SW Ecodistrict Could Fix Some 60s Damage

Greater Greater Washington

One day, disjointed streets and lifeless blocks around L'Enfant Plaza could become a complete neighborhood with a connected street grid, park space, mixed-use buildings, a museum and more. ..

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Blogosphere: Batman Urbanism, Detailed Gotham

The Atlantic Cities

We're only a week away from the premier of The Dark Knight Rises, and the movie industry is assiduously piling on the hype. That means we're bombarded with adverts in all of the usual (and unusual) places..

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Blogosphere: Designing a More Inclusive Capetown

Next American City

Last week, Cape Town, South Africa was officially appointed the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID)...

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Blogosphere: The Exploding Urban Economy

The City Fix

The McKinsey Global Institute, an initiative of management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, last week released, "Urban World: Cities and the rise of the consuming class," a report detailing the global consumption patterns of the earth's most economically productive 600 cities...

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Blogosphere: English Slum Clearance

Spatial Economics

Quoted in the economists piece on moves to deal with housing overcrowding in Newham: Good housing is obviously better than bad housing, but bad housing is better than none, and when the state gets into the business of licensing goods supply tends to fall...

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